Fall 2017 - Science & Math colloquia

Fall 2017 HC 441H: Cosmology

Professor: James Schombert

4 credits

•  CRN 12810: Tuesday & Thursday, 08:30 – 09:50 @ LAWRENCE 222

This course is a historical and philosophical review of our cosmological worldview from mythical times to modern science. We explore topics in the geometry of the Universe, expanding spacetime and the Big Bang, dark matter, black holes and wormholes, quarks and mesons, galaxies and quantum physics. Read More


Fall 2017 HC 441H: Current Bio-Medical Research Topics, OHSU

Professor: Melissa Graboyes

4 credits

•  CRN 12808: Thursday, 14:00 – 16:50 @ ESL 193

This unique colloquium partners with faculty and graduate student researchers at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) to investigate several current research topics in medicine and global public health. Our foundation will be historical, global, and medical. Read More


Fall 2017 HC 441H: Relativity, the Quantum, and Reality

Professor: Michael Kellman

4 credits

•  CRN 12807: Monday & Wednesday, 08:30 – 09:50 @ GSH 103

We will explore the profound conceptual challenges in thinking about nature brought about by two of the great revolutions in science of the twentieth century: special relativity and quantum mechanics. We will first explore each of these theories at a deep but simple level, using elementary examples. We will then explore the extremely strange things that happen when we try to put these theories together. Read More


Fall 2017 HC 441H: Climate Change and the Need for Data Driven Policy

Professor: Greg Bothun

4 credits

•  CRN 17269: Thursday, 14:00 – 16:50 @ TBD

Climate change policy remains largely in a state of paralysis which enables business as usual to continue thus accelerating the potential impact. Therefore important questions relating to food security, water resources, biodiversity, and other socioeconomic issues remain unresolved. Read More